You know how sometimes you watch a TV show and are instantly like, “OMG, I need to be that person’s best friend?” That’s how I’m feeling right now about Tionna Smalls. Her new show, Girl Get Your Mind Right, is all about empowering girls and giving them relationship advice, and it premieres tonight at 6pm on MTV. But during our phone chat about it, I felt like we’ve known each other for years. She’s honest, and open, and so was our convo about, like, basically every single celebrity in Hollywood right now,
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Anyway, read on to see what Tionna told me exclusively about her new show, her advice for regular ol’ girls (and guys) in the dating world, and her words of wisdom for celebs like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. Oh, and she told me which of the Teen Mom girls “needs an ass whooping.” Yup. It’s all below!
OK!: You were an author before this show came about. Where do you get all your relationship advice from? Personal experience?
TS: Some of it is from personal experience. I am 28 years old. I have a healthy dating life. I mean, I have men in my life, of course it’s from experience. But most of all, it’s from people around me as well. When I was a little kid, people were always asking me. I analyze things. I could be on the train and hear people talking about a relationship issue. That’s my hobby, so I listen. I will even butt in, like, excuse me, I know you weren’t talking to me, but this is what I think you should do. I mean, this has been going on since I was, like, eight-years-old. So, it’s funny.
OK!: Do random people on the streets appreciate your advice?
TS: Sometimes, yeah and other times they just look at you like you’re just a weirdo, like why are you talking to me? You know how New York City is. I’m born and raised in Brooklyn, so you know how that goes.
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OK!: You have a very tell-it-like-it-is approach. Has anyone ever been upset or offended by that?
TS: Yes, people get upset. I don’t think they can handle the truth. If you want the fluff, go ask mama for advice, you know?
OK!: What’s something you hope guys watching this show can learn about girls and relationships?
TS: That we are really loveable people. That it don’t take much to make us happy. You just got to be real and be a man, and we will be happy. You know, girls take so much crap from guys and if we had the same self-esteem that guys have, we would be really running the world, and I want to bring that back. I want to bring that “women running the world. I’m every woman” movement back. That’s what Girl Get Your Mind Right is all about. It’s very empowering.
OK!: Love that! Are you dating or in a relationship right now?
TS: I’m like anti-relationships right now. I love dating. I have such a healthy dating life, sex life. It’s wonderful. I’ve been engaged before. I know how that feels to be in a relationship. I don’t like it that much. But when I am in a relationship, I look for security. I look for someone who is going to be a best friend. That’s my new thing. You’ve got to be friend to me first. I’ve got a lot of guys who want to be my man, but I let them know, you’ve got to be a good friend first. If you don’t have friendship, you don’t have everything. You don’t have everything. I need to know that we have no secrets. That’s how my parents are and that’s how I want to live my life.
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OK!: What’s one dating rule you, and all girls, should live by?
TS: One rule that I would never break when it comes to dating is dissing my friends. I have a lot of male friends. Like, I have a few female friends, but I have a lot of male friends. And I would never get ride of none of my friends for no man in my life. Men come and go, but my friends will always be there. That’s one rule that I will never break.
OK!: I love that rule because I feel the same way.
TS: Yup. I come with a package deal. These are my friends. These are people who have been there for me through thick and thin, and you’ve got to come along and, you don’t have to be uncomfortable because you have a male friend or no, bye. Girls break that rule too much. When they meet a guy, they get all open and, all of a sudden, they don’t like their friends. Their friends suck. Everybody sucks now. That’s where they are going wrong at.
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OK!: I see your Instagram page has tons of photos of Queen Latifah. Would you say that she’s your role model?
TS: I love Queen Latifah, especially because she’s a hood, New Jersey chick who really made it to the next level. I have a symbolic story about me and Queen Latifah. I was behind her in first class one day. That was a symbolic thing that I am only one step behind her. She was in 2b and I was in 3b. (laughs)
OK!: I want to talk about a few other celebrities and what relationship advice you’d give them. First, Miley Cyrus…
TS: Oh, yeah. Miley Cyrus and that man she is engaged with, Liam whatever his name is? Oh, yeah. They are a mess. They need to break up ASAP. She needs to single and be a hoe right now. Honestly. She needs to just go ahead and give up the cookies. She needs to explore her life. She don’t need to be engaged. She isn’t ready to be anybody’s wife.
OK!: I agree. What about someone like Taylor Swift who is sort of a serial dater?
TS: Taylor Swift is good with her serial dating. She has got to stop showing the guys in public. She needs to keep it more on the low until it is something that needs to be talked about. She go out in public with these guys and she’s doing too much. If she kept it on the low-low, you’ll be OK.
OK!: What about the Teen Mom girls? Do you know much about them?
TS: I studied them a little bit. Aw, man. I actually watched that episode with that boy Keiffer. He gave [Jenelle Evans] drugs and all that? Oh, no. I would really like for her to be on my show. She needs to get her mind right. Asap. He gave her drugs, she has a baby, she’s a mother. You got the other girl [Farrah Abraham] trying to be a porn star. These are all examples of lack of self-esteem. They need their ass whopped really if you ask me. 16-years-old, 18-years-old, acting like this. That’s why they need a good home beatin’. They need a beatin’. Honestly.
OK!: Have MTV hook it up and get them on the show! I think they could definitely use some help for sure.
TS: Yeah. I would love to do them and I would love for them to go crazy because I would be ready for them. I think they might need a real psychologist. I like that Dr. Drew hosted the reunion. They need a real doctor I think.
OK!: Oh, yeah. Definitely. So on the other end of that, are there any celebrity couples that you think are perfect?
TS: Jay-Z and Beyonce. Please. They are the best couple. They waited to get married, to have a kid. They waited until they were serious to make their relationship public. Celebrities just go ahead and tell everybody who they are dating. They don’t even know if it’s going to last next week. Beyonce and Jay-Z, they waited until they really knew that their love was true and that it would stand against the test of time. That’s beautiful.
OK!: I agree. Aside from the people we mentioned earlier, who would be your dream celebrity client?
TS: Oh, Lindsay Lohan. She needs some help. I know she needs a psychiatrist, but I would love to help Lindsay. I would love to help Amanda Bynes. I want all of those white girls because I think they never had nobody to really keep it real with them and tell them, listen, you’re going to die. You need to get yourself together. You’re a mess. You look crazy. You’re a hot mess. They are going through identity crisis and I think they need help. I would love to help Lindsay though. Lindsay still has a little bit of potential.
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OK!: Now that you’re on MTV, what were some of your favorite old-school MTV shows?
TS: Room Raiders! That was my show. Me and my first boyfriend, we used to watch that after school every day. Room Raiders. At 4 o’clock it used to come on.
OK!: Are there any current MTV stars you’re dying to meet?
TS: I would want to see JWoww’s breasts to see whose breasts are bigger. We are going to compare our breasts one day. Me and JWoww. I call them them baby heads, yeah. We are going to compare our baby heads.
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Girl Get Your Mind Right premieres tonight at 6pm on MTV! Are you excited about the show? What do you think of Tionna’s tell-it-like-it-is approach with real girls and celebrities? Tweet us @OKMagazine!
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